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March 25, 2019

Recent family-related news included tips on helping children to emotionally cope with divorce, musing from a step-mother, a father’s struggle to reunite with his children who were abducted to Syria by their mother, ideas on how to talk to your children about divorce, and recognition of National Single Parent Day.

Children Experience Divorce Differently than Adults Kency Gilet, Divorce Magazine, March 6, 2019 Children experience divorce differently than adults. Even when your reasons to end the relationship would improve your emotional and mental well-being, the temporary setbacks your children may experience are worth noting and preparing for.

My Stepson, the Owl and Me Nicole Jankowski, The New York Times, March 8, 2019 “Step-mothering is a journey with heavy baggage. I have learned so much about the weight and pull of chosen love, how divorce reaches its hand into a family and asks everyone to change. It’s a different kind of love, that of a stepmother and a stepchild — it works on its own time.”

A Father in Florida Is Frantically Trying To Find His Children in Syria Ruth Sherlock, NPR, March 11, 2019 A father in Florida is frantically trying to find his small children in Syria. His wife abducted them years ago and took them to Syria when she joined the Islamic State. The kids are now thought to be in the last ISIS stronghold, and it’s under attack from U.S.-backed forces.

What If We Lived in Two Houses? Talking Kids Through Divorce NPR, March 18, 2019 Even the most amicable split is world-changing for young children. Here are a few key tips for grown-ups trying to help their kids navigate this big transition.

National Single Parent Day: One-Parent Families Are On the Rise in the U.S. The Guardian, March 21, 2019 Data shows numbers have risen from only seven percent in 1950 in America, when divorce was much less common. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, single parents now represent one in three U.S. families where children live with their parents (the data is footnoted to say that this includes parents of biological, step and adopted children).

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